Last year, we visited the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit at the British Library in London, which has now made its merry way across the pond to the Big Apple. If you’ve been counting the days until Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters (Nov. 16), then this should perfectly tide you over.
As you can see in this video, SYFY WIRE got the chance to take a tour of the magical exhibit and chat with Lead Curator of Modern Archives and Manuscripts Alex Lock; Lead Curator of Harry Potter: A History of Magic Julian Harrison; Lead Curator of Contemporary Archives Joanna Norledge; and Lead Curator of Rare Books Tanya Kirk.
Running from Oct. 5, 2018, to Jan. 27, 2019, at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, the exhibit assembles a huge collection of rare books, manuscripts, and old relics (including the original tombstone of one Nicholas Flamel, who was featured in J.K. Rowling’s series of novels as the creator of the Philosopher’s Stone). The exhibit also includes original material from the Harry Potter books.
Thanks to a collection of fantastic items plucked from around the world (including Ethiopia, Italy, France, the British Library, and the New York Historical Society), the exhibit gives us an inside look at the history of magic. Although considered the most boring subject at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (unless you're Hermione Granger, that is), we can assure you this exhibit will be anything but boring.
Check out our exclusive video to see what the curators have to say about the real-life historical items that provide a link to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.